Living Life

Theatrical Release: April 8, 2005
DVD Release: April 8, 2005
Living Life


Jason Miller was a normal 17 year old boy. He had a beautiful girlfriend, a great best friend and his whole life in front of him. At least he thought so! After weeks of experiencing stomach pain he develops serious symptoms. His parents take him to the doctor where he is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. His life is turned upside down. Jason is faced with many questions. “What do you do if you only have months to live?” “Who do I tell?” “Have I made a difference?”

Jason is re-introduced to his grandfather, William, whom he hasn’t seen in eight years. William wants to get to know his grandson Jason and make things right with Jason’s dad, Peter, who despises William and hates the idea of Jason being with him. William uses magic to connect with his grandson Jason and begins to teach him some of his old tricks. Together they get the idea to perform magic for the young children at Jason’s hospital. With the power of magic, love and family, one boy’s struggle defines a generation.

Dove Review

What would you do with your life if you knew you were living on borrowed time? When 17-year old Jason Miller finds out he has terminal cancer, he begins to ask questions like this. With the help of his estranged grandfather, he finds a way to make a difference and leave his mark in the world. His grandfather teaches him that “it’s not how long you live that’s important, it’s how well!” In addition to giving hospitalized kids a reason to smile, Jason also works to bring his father and grandfather back together after years of conflict. Why is it that it takes a tragic situation before we wake up and tell those closest to us that we love them?

I found this film very enjoyable and easy to watch. The cinematography was very well done and included some beautiful and creative scenic shots. The relationships and dialogue were realistic. The music added nicely to the feel of the film. I was pleasantly surprised by the innocent nature of the romance between Jason and Kate. There was no foul language or violence. My only observation is the absence of religious discussion. It seems natural for anyone facing death and asking questions to also ask questions about God and the afterlife.

Although the subject matter is tough, there is nothing objectionable in the film and so it is awarded the Dove Family-Approved Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: None
Sex: Several kisses between boyfriend and girlfriend.
Language: "That sucks;" "For G's sake."
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: Male shown in shower from chest up.
Other: None


Company: FilmMates
Writer: Jesse Harris
Director: Jesse Harris
Producer: Jesse Harris
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 88 min.
Reviewer: Julie Kemme